I’ll be the first to admit it, even the best flat screen TV doesn’t always look that good sitting in a room. Now, don’t get me wrong, TV design has come a long ways in the past few years — even ignoring the push to get the thinnest screen (I’m waiting for a screen that somehow creates space), bezels have gotten sleeker, and the screens even somehow manage to look good when they’re off these days.
But unless you’re looking to recreate the monolith scene from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the modern flat screen TV and components presents a home decoration problem.
So, like any problem, I turned to the internet to find a solution. And solutions I found. Here are a few of the best.
How to mount your flat screen TV
This is probably the most basic way to make the best flat screen TVs look a little better, but it’s one that’s worth doing right. Popular Mechanics
presents a simple guide to wall mounting your flat screen TV.
If, after seeing how simple mounting is, you’re looking for a TV mount, I’d recommend taking a look at a few options from the sturdy and simple Omnimount.
Crouching components, hidden cables
One of the more unique ways to hide components comes from the Apartment Therapy blog. While this sort of setup requires some skills, and hardware, it’s an interesting way for the home theater minimalist to keep their systems looking sleek. Only one addition that might need to be made to this setup would be a fan inside the compartment to help with airflow — your components need to breath, too. Take a look.
If hiding cables is more your style, and you’re not looking at making a few new holes in the wall, this simple and elegant method from DIY Newlyweds may be right up your alley. Just a little paint and paper and your cables don’t have to be an eyesore.
TV decoration 101
Once you’ve got everything set up, it all comes down to making it look good.
If you’re into a little elbow grease, this flat screen TV frame from Full of Great Ideas might be just up your alley. A little camouflage goes a long way. And, it’s a fairly cheap way to turn your TV into a great looking accent.
If your accommodations are a little more temporary, AB Chao presents some good options for decorating around the best flat screen TV in your home without making your landlord reconsider returning your deposit when you leave.
Do you have any great tips for making your favorite flat screen TV blend in with a room? Let us know in the comments.